Carlin’s 2016 FIA Formula Three European Championship season will resume this weekend at the infamous Norisring circuit with the team welcoming Will Buller into the fold. Buller already has experience with the team having raced and won with Carlin during the 2012 Formula Three season. Also back in action around the German circuit will be Pau Grand Prix winner Alessio Lorandi who looks to make his mark on another street venue. Joining him in the team will be Ryan Tveter who is returning to race in the car for the first time since an extremely scary accident with team mate Peter Li last time out at Red Bull Ring.
Following a tough weekend at the Red Bull Ring Carlin are pleased to welcome Tveter back in to his number three Volkswagen Dallara following the heavy impact between himself and Peter Li Zhi Cong’s Carlin car. While team mate Li Zhi Cong is currently back in his home country recovering from his injuries, Tveter, who escaped with a badly bruised knee, will be back racing once again this weekend after a few weeks of recuperation.
In place of Li Zhi Cong, Buller steps in for a one-off event having previously competed in the championship with Carlin. Buller has already experienced the challenges of the Norisring, when rather uniquely he stood to win the opening race of the weekend following the exclusion of the race leader; however ultimately no race winner was declared despite Buller becoming highest finisher in second place. Buller’s speed in the Volkswagen Dallara also saw him clinch two wins for Carlin in the F3 Euro Series and a further win in the GP3 Series over the course of his dual campaign 2012 season.
Buller said of joining the team at Norisring, “The whole Carlin team have been really great in welcoming me back into the fold. After racing in Japan for the last few seasons it’s a great opportunity for me to come back into Europe and I’m confident I can produce a strong performance as racing in Super Formula has really improved me as a driver. Trevor and I feel as though there is definitely some unfinished business at Norisring after not getting awarded the win in 2012. So I hope this weekend we can bring back some good memories and get on the top step!”
Trevor Carlin added, “First of all we send our very best wishes to Peter for his continued recovery. He’s very much missed within the team, but we’re very glad to see him recovering at home after a very scary accident. Will is a friend of the team and has experience of the FIA F3 car and Norising. With a gap in his SuperFormula commitments, we were delighted to offer him the opportunity to race with us this weekend. I’m sure Will, Alessio and Ryan will work well together.”
The weekend will get underway with two Friday morning practice sessions in short succession followed by two separate qualifying sessions later in the day. Saturday and Sunday will be the setting for three no doubt thrilling races as the fifth round in the 2016 season roars back in to action for the competitive young field.